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Col de la Madeleine, France

April 10th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Col de la Madeleine (el. 1993 m.) is a high mountain pass in the Alps in the department of Savoie in France.

It connects La Chambre in Maurienne with Aigueblanche and Feissons-sur-Isère in Tarentaise. The southern approach from La Chambre is 19.3 km with an average grade of 8 percent. The northern approach from Aigueblance is 28.3 km with an average grade of 5 percent. The pass is closed from November to the beginning of June.

The pass has been on the route of the Tour de France 22 times, the first time in 1969, and most recently in 2005.

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Col du Glandon i Col de la Croix de Fer, France

April 10th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Col du Glandon (el. 1924 m.) is a high mountain pass in the Dauphiné Alps in Savoie, France, linking Bourg d'Oisans to La Chambre. It is situated between the Belledonne, Grandes Rousses and Arvan-Villards mountain ranges, west of the Col de la Croix de Fer. The road over the Col du Glandon was opened in 1898, although it was not linked to the Col de la Croix de Fer until 1912.

The pass is only open from June to October.

Col de la Croix de Fer (English: Pass of the Iron Cross) (el. 2067 m.) is a high mountain pass in the French Alps linking Le Bourg-d'Oisans and Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne.

The approach from the northeast from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne is 29.5 km, and the one from the southwest from Rochetaillée 31.5 km. When coming from Rochetaillée, the road forks 2.5 km before the summit, leading to the Col du Glandon.

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Rano Raraku volcano crater, Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

April 7th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Rano Raraku is a volcanic crater formed of consolidated volcanic ash, or tuff, and located on Easter Island. It is the quarry in which about 95% of the island's known monolithic sculpture (Moai) were carved.

The sides of Rano Raraku crater are high and steep except on the north and northwest, where they are much lower and gently sloping. The interior contains a freshwater lake bordered by reeds called tortora (Scripus sp.). The reeds, once believed to have been carried to the island by explorers from the South American mainland, are now known to have been naturally introduced some 30,000 years ago.

Rano Raraku is divided into 5 archaeological zones, and as of 1981 a total of 397 statues were inventoried on the interior and exterior slopes and in the exterior quarries. The interior quarries, which have been more recently mapped, will increase this statue count substantially when work is completed. Use of Rano Raraku as a quarry spanned 500-1000 years, and probably extended into the post-contact period after European discovery of the island in 1722. Rano Raraku is a visual record of statue design vocabulary and technological innovation, and is a precious and important part of the Rapanui patrimony.

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Rano Kao volcano crater, Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

April 7th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Rano Kao volcano crater on Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

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Carrauntoohill, Ireland

April 4th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Carrauntoohill (IPA [ˌkærənˈtuːl]; Irish: Corrán Tuathail), also spelt Carrantuohill and in various other ways, is a mountain located in County Kerry, Ireland, and is the highest peak in Ireland. It is 1,039 m (3,409 feet) tall and is the central peak of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks range. There are two other peaks in this range above 1,000 m (Beenkeragh, 1,010 m; and Caher, 1,001 m) and four others on the island over 3,000 feet, in the Dingle Peninsula (Mount Brandon), south Tipperary (Galteemore) and County Wicklow (Lugnaquillia). A large metal cross 5 metres (16 ft) tall tops the peak.

The name "Carrauntoohill" derives from the Irish language Corrán Tuathail, meaning "Tuathal's sickle" .

The mountain is most often climbed from the north-east, along the Hag's Glen to the col between Carrauntoohill and Cnoc na Péiste, and then north-west up the steep Devil's Ladder. The route has become more dangerous in recent years due to loose stones and crowding . No special equipment is needed to climb the mountain, but caution is advised. Alternatively, one can walk the two other 1,000 m peaks in a horseshoe trip, starting from the west. The traverse from highest point to the second highest involves a light scramble. The weather conditions on the mountain are very changeable, and due to a high number of underdressed tourists attempting the peak each summer, there have been a number of deaths.

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Fagaras Mountains, Romania

April 4th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Făgăraş Mountains are the highest mountains of the Southern Carpathians, in Romania. The highest peaks are Moldoveanu (2544 m), Negoiu (2535 m), Viştea Mare (2527 m), Lespezi (2522 m), Vânătoarea lui Buteanu (2507 m), and Dara (2501 m). They are bordered in the north by the Făgăraş Depression, through which the Olt river flows, and in the west by the Olt Valley (Valea Oltului). The city Făgăraş lies north of the mountains. The most important city in the area is Sibiu.

A road called the Transfăgărăşan is constructed across the Făgăraş Mountains.

Bâlea (2034 m, 46,508 m², 11.35 m deep) is one of the many glacier lakes in the Făgăraş Mountains. Other lakes: Podragu (2140 m, 28,550 m²), Urlea (2170 m, 20,150 m²), Capra (2230 m, 18,340 m²).

The Făgăraş Mountains are a very popular hiking, trekking and skiing destination in Romania.

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Aletsch Glacier, Switzerland

March 29th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in the Alps, covers more than 120 square kilometres (more than 45 square miles) in southern Switzerland. It descends round the south of the Jungfrau into the valley of the Upper Rhône; at its eastern extremity lies a glacier lake, Lake Märjelen (Gr. Märjelensee) (2,350 meters/7,711 feet above sea level). To the west rises Aletschhorn (4,195 meters/13,763 feet), which was first climbed in 1859. The Rhône River flows along the southern flank of the mountains.

From the western mouth flows the Great Aletschfirn, which runs along the northern foot of the Aletschorn and Dreieckhorn. The Aletschfirn is supplied from the north by three notable firns: the Ebnefluhfirn, the Gletscherhornfirn, and the Kranzberfirn. All of these Firns have their starting points at around 3800 m. From the Ebnefluhfirns to the Konkordiaplatz, the Aletschfirn is 9 km long and is on average about 1.5 km wide. From the west, the Aletschfirn flows over the 3173 m high Gletscherpass, the "Lötschenlücke", connecting with the Langgletscher, and then into the Lötschental valley.

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The Großglockner, Austria

March 27th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The Großglockner is, at 3798 m above sea level, Austria's highest mountain and the highest mountain in the Alps east of the Brenner Pass. This makes it, after Mont Blanc, the second most prominent mountain in the Alps, when measured by relative height. See the list of Alpine peaks by prominence.

The Großglockner lies on the border between Carinthia and East Tyrol and is the highest peak in the Glockner group, a group of mountains along the main ridge of the Hohe Tauern. The summit itself lies on the Glockner ridge, which branches to the south off the main ridge. The Pasterze, Austria's biggest glacier lies at the Großglockner's foot.

The characteristic pyramid-shaped peak actually consists of two pinnacles, the Großglockner and Kleinglockner (3700 m) (klein = "small" in German), separated by a saddle-like formation known as the Glocknerscharte.

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